10-word show review: A revisiting of Chanel’s sublime Métiers d’Art showing in Dakar.
Designer: Virginie Viard
Location: Tokyo Big Sight
The vision: When Chanel unveiled its first-ever collection showcased in Africa—Dakar, Senegal, to be exact—the world was captivated by the choice of location. The intrinsic inspirations were clear and the maison’s creative director, Virginie Viard, had shared it was years in the making. The show was accompanied by an unabashed celebration of Senegal’s art scene, specifically in sectors such as cinema, dance and music. An almost post-Covid freedom served as the perfect springboard for a history-defining moment and Chanel revealed its 2023 Métiers d’Art collection at Tokyo Big Sight, a large looming space located in the Ginza district. As 1 June settled into a cool and crisp evening, the collection translated seamlessly to a room of 1,000 guests—a mixture of celebrities, Chanel VIPs and regional press.
The vibe: Youthful, vibrant and unmistakably local in its presentation, the show started with Japanese guitarist Ichika Nito. It was then anchored by an interpretation of ‘Slow Slow’ by choreographer Dimitri Chamblas, which was performed by a troupe from Tama University of Fine Arts. The collection made its way down the runway in the brilliant hues that were presented in Dakar, from powdery and punchy pinks to forest-like greens. The ambiance of the evening painted a clear picture of playful, joyful, reverie and the ensembles that made their way down the runway seamlessly supported the narrative.
What to shop from the collection: The beauty of this collection in particular is in the magnitude of its most minute details. The styling of the lineup’s co-ordinated tweed jackets and trousers emanated impossibly effortless appeal. The intricate detailing of Lesage and Montex embroiderers was spotlighted by just the right amount of accessorising and skin. Case in point? The richness of Look 3 paired with a hint of sheerness just underneath it; the svelte contours of Look 6 with its plunging neckline and the modesty of Look 33 which, despite its complicated layers, emanated an ease. The collection’s shoes were show-stealing in their own right—from chunky clogs to sky-high platforms—and came in energetic hues of pink and orange. If there’s anything to add to cart as soon as possible, we’d say start with footwear.
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